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Market mover: Applied Materials shares are up more than 5 percent after earnings report yesterday in which it forecast sales for the next quarter that may top estimates.

Square publishes blog post titled “Top 10 Myths About Square.” The San Francisco company says “we’re here for the long term.”

Apple is storing some user data on servers in China, says it’s encrypted so doesn’t compromise privacy.

Apple shareholder files suit against Apple and Steve Jobs’ estate over anti-poaching agreements.

A bunch of tech CEOs are taking part in the ice-bucket challenge (for contributions to ALS research). They include Apple’s Tim Cook, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter’s Dick Costolo.

Ninety-five percent of those who have rated Facebook Messenger, the much-protested app, gave it just 1 star out of 5. Facebook is requiring users who want to message each other on mobile to download the app, sparking complaints.

Samsung buys SmartThings for $200 million. SmartThings, a maker of home-automation systems, will move to Samsung’s Palo Alto innovation center.

Pay Airbnb or Uber with bitcoin? It could happen, because eBay payments unit Braintree reportedly is holding talks with bitcoin exchanges.

Alibaba finds possible accounting irregularities at its film unit.


Photo of Square reader from Reuters archives


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